You can’t connect with clients by bringing them to a bland room with nothing but a desk, laptop and a couple of worn out chairs, so why keep it that way? Come up with new ideas, solve the difficult problems, get to know new people and share your passion in . When it comes to deciding which office you meet at, you should answer “neither.” Encourage yourself and the clients you meet by going somewhere fun and memorable!


 Hotel bars

Hotel bars are pretty active when it comes to business. If you’re going to a meeting for a quick exchange of the latest information while on the run, you should head to a hotel bar.


 Good food

You never know when negotiations will extend past cocktail time. Lots of great bars offer interesting snacks, such as fancy spiced nuts or Kettle Chips. Otherwise, look for an appealing bar menu with sophisticated small plates.


 Choose a bar with good lighting.

Too dark can send the wrong message; too bright can be unflattering. If you’re unfamiliar with the bar, ask whether the lights are turned down at a certain hour.


 Choose a Bar that caters to business meetings.

There are numerous bars that specifically cater to business meetings. By picking a bar like this you will automatically avoid some possible issues mentioned in here.



“Sometimes an informal place is a good way to break the ice and introduce new ideas”.



 Choose a Bar with attentive Staff.

The bar that you choose is, to some degree, a reflection of yourself. Dealing with staff that is efficient and courteous results in a great experience for your client.


 Decent décor.

This place is an extension of your office. Your bar should reflect your taste and personality.


 Pick a table far away from any speakers.

Yelling to be heard is an irritant to everyone at the table, and misunderstanding what is being said can have an immense negative impact on the business meeting results.


Good luck on your next business meeting!


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Myriam Balerio is the founder and writer of PA Privé. After kick starting her career as a PA and finding success as an assistant, Myriam later trained in digital and online marketing and has since combined the two disciplines in creating PA Privé, the platform through which she provides sage advice for those in the assistant profession and a network for like-mined PAs and EAs to connect. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Myriam has lived in London for over 10 years and currently lives in London with her husband and French bulldog.


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